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1. Select the CORRECT
statement about factors that
increased the risk of postnatal
a) PND is primarily a result of a
b) Women who are unprepared
for motherhood will most likely
c) A woman's vulnerability to PND
is increased if she has recently
experienced the death of someone
close to her.
d) All of the above.
2. Maternal mental health
disorders such as PND can
have a significant impact on a
child's health because:
a) the first months and years of life
are critical to a child's future health
b) they can impact on initiation and
continuation of breastfeeding,
affecting the child's nutritional
status and growth.
c) there is increased risk of the infant
developing insecure attachment,
which can lead to poor behavioural
d) All of the above.
e) a) and c).
3. An appropriate management
approach for a new mother
presenting for postnatal care,
and who has mild depressive
symptoms but no risk factors
for PND, would be:
a) pharmacological treatment.
b) pharmacological treatment with
ongoing psychosocial support.
c) practical support with parenting,
settling her infant and coping with
d) comprehensive mental health
A score of 4 out of 5 attracts 1 CPD credit.
4. Of the following, which
antidepressant is LEAST
appropriate for use by
5. In relation to serotonin toxicity,
select the CORRECT answer:
a) No toxicity will occur with standard
therapeutic doses of single
b) Drugs that have been associated
with contributing to toxicity include
lithium and fentanyl.
c) Clinical effects include hypothermia
and weight gain.
d) The risk of serotonin toxicity is
the reason SSRIs should not be
The funds were raised by the joint
Pharmacists' Support Service Inc
and Pharmaceutical Society of
Australia flood appeal. Financial
assistance was provided to 18
The flood appeal was set up to
provide relief to pharmacists affected
by floods in Queensland, NSW and
Victoria. Many pharmacists were
affected to varying degrees by these
floods and their colleagues across
the country rose to help them by
contributing to the PSS relief fund.
This fund was open to all pharmacists
nationally who were affected by the
Mr John Coppock, President of
PSS, said, 'It is a great reflection
on the generosity of the pharmacy
profession in Australia that the
money was raised to assist those
affected by the flooding. PSS and
PSA acted as facilitators and this
is a great example of pharmacists
PSS provides telephone support for
pharmacists on its toll free number
1300 244 910. Currently the service
is established in Victoria, Tasmania
and South Australia.
Mental health statement
PSA is about to review and revise
the Statement of Mental Health Care
Capabilities for Pharmacists 2009.
Led by PSA Vice-President Claire
O'Reilly, the project will update the
current Statement to reflect the
2010 revision of PSA's Competency
Standards for pharmacists.
The announcement follows
PSA's participation in last month's
Coordinated Care and Service
Integration Workshop convened by
the Mental Health Council of Australia
and precedes the appearance at
PAC11 of Professor Patrick McGorry,
former Australian of the Year and now
Executive Director of Orygen Youth
Health as a keynote speaker.
'This is an exciting opportunity for
PSA to more clearly define the role
of pharmacists in this important
area of health care and I appreciate
the approach by the Australian
Pharmacy Council to offer this key
project to PSA. PSA will adopt
an inclusive, collaborative and
transparent approach to our review
of the Capability Statement, which will
include broad consultation both within
and beyond the profession.
Ms O'Reilly emphasised that 'the
overriding objective of this project is
to develop a product that is supported
and understood by pharmacists and
that is embraced by the profession's
key stakeholders, including consumers,
carers and our colleagues in other
health care professions.
Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmacy
Council of Australia, Lyn LeBlanc, said
the original owners of the Statement
of Mental Health Care Capabilities
for Pharmacists 2009 were APC and
CHPSANZ, Which is now called Council
of Pharmacy Schools (CPS).
'We were delighted to gift this work
to PSA and the review represents
an important step in its ongoing
' Ms LeBlanc said.
Flood relief funds
The Pharmacists' Support Service
(PSS) has announce that financial
support for pharmacists affected by
the floods has now been distributed.
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